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2012 NBA Playoffs Predictions: Western Conference Edition
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Since my Eastern Conference edition installment, I felt it was necessary to predict how the Western Conference will unfold. There are so many changes going on that the entire alignment could shift against some franchises that have been the most dominant in the recent past.

The LA Lakers are undoubtedly standing first in line as far as the Western Conference toss-ups. A new coach, a new scout and the recruitment of John Kuester from the Detroit Pistons will definitely send the Lakers far left or right.

I am guessing that they are heading in a direction that Jerry Buss will not be too fond of, but there are still other organizations whose fate must be decided.

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